Pushpa | The Rise After the very entertaining Ala Vaikunthapuramulu, Allu Arjun is back with Pushpa: The Rise. Directed by Sukumar, the film will release in two parts. Pushpa follows the story of Pushpa Raj Allu Arjun, the protagonist, a daily wage laborer, who is offered a chance to be involved in red sandalwood smuggling.
Pushpa Raj is street smart and quick enough to come up with solutions. This quality enables him to rise to the top notch of the red sandalwood smugglers’ syndicate. How Pushpa Raj climbs the ladder and how the enemy earns in the process is the rest of the story.
Pushpa: The Rise begins with an animated story from Japan. Slowly, it takes you into your own world and gives you a lesson in history as to how red sandalwood is available only in Andhra Pradesh. The screenplay takes its sweet time to establish the characters of the syndicate and their hierarchy.
Pushpa Movie Details
- Title Name: Pushpa The Rise
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
- Directed by: Sukumar
- Written by: Sukumar
- Produced by: Naveen Yerneni Y. Ravi Shankar
- Starring: Allu Arjun Fahadh Faasil Rashmika Mandanna
- Cinematography: Mirosław Kuba Brożek
- Edited by: Karthika Srinivas – Ruban: Music byDevi Sri Prasad
- Production Companies: Mythri Movie Makers Muttamsetty Media
- Distributed: E4 Entertainment (Kerala)Lyca Productions – Sri Lakshmi Movies(Tamil Nadu) Goldmines Telefilms – AA Films (North India) Swagath Enterprises (Karnataka)
- Release date: 17December 2021
- Running time: 179 minutes
- Country: India
- Language: Telugu, Hindi
- Budget: ₹200–250 crore
Pushpa Movie Cast
- Allu Arjun: Pushpa Raj
- Fahadh Faasil: Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat
- Rashmika Mandanna: Srivalli
- Dhananjaya: Jolly Reddy
- Suneel: Mangalam Srinu
- JagpathiBabu: Update Soon
- Prakash Raj: Update Soon
- Harish Uthaman: Update Soon
Pushpa Movie Story
Pushpa Raj is a coolie who grows up in a world of red sandalwood smuggling. Pushpa doesn’t shy away from making a couple of enemies along the way, the film is engaging, though nothing new in it. Putting aside the presence of commercial elements and slo-mo shots, Pushpa is basically a gangster thriller with red sandalwood smuggling as a subplot. However, Pushpa has enough essence in the story to keep you hooked. That is, thanks to the immersive performance of Allu Arjun.
The screenplay is probably Sukumar’s weakest till date. While the character of Allu Arjun is properly introduced, the other characters are one dimensional and do not create an impact. Allu Arjun’s character Pushpa is given certain character traits, such as his twig or how he lifts his left shoulder. Though these are given a lot of importance, it doesn’t really add to the whole character.
With Pushpa The Rise, Sukumar ventures into uncharted territory by creating a rustic masala film filled with punchy dialogues, characters speaking in the dialect of Chittoor and a story that is deeply rooted in that region. And seeing how the expectations were skyrocketing- after Rangasthalam,
What he gives turns out to be a mixed bag that tends to overwhelm, sometimes falters and delivers on what he promises to others.
Pushpa Raj (Allu Arjun) is one of the many porters of Seshachalam who illegally harvests red sandalwood and sells it to the forces for kilos.
In a syndicate consisting of several players, Pushpa gradually learns to establish her footing and rise up the ranks until the person who cuts down these trees once becomes the orderer. However, his Achilles heel is not his lady love Srivalli (Rashmika Mandanna), or big-wigs Konda Reddy (Ajay Ghosh), Jolly Reddy (Dhananjay), Mangalam Srinu (Sunil) and his wife Dakshinayani (Anasuya Bardwaj).
It is the fact that her brother (Ajay) will not let her claim his lineage, which in no time takes Pushpa from zero to hundred and is often the loser of this laid-back, sarcastic, arrogant, even funny man. becomes the cause. His calm And just as he wants to be in life, there comes IPS Bhanwar Singh Shekawat (Fahd Faasil), who threatens to overthrow the carefully crafted order imposed by Pushpa.
Pushpa: The Rise is supported by a story that is often explored in cinema – the rise of the downtrodden. So Sukumar really has nothing new to explore here. What’s new is that he chooses to spend time before things get rough, expanding the story and setting Pushpa’s character in a span of three hours for the entire film.
And this move may not really go down well with everyone because despite all the ruckus, it is essentially the same film. Pushpa may have made many enemies, but none of them remotely matched her steadfast nature, that is, until Shekawat arrived in the city. Sukumar’s film does well when she sticks to the story and focuses on red sandalwood smuggling, Pushpa’s contribution in making things smooth, etc. Where the film falters,
When she tries to pull off a strange romance between him and Srivalli. Of course, it doesn’t always work or even add to the bigger story at hand. Sure, Pushpa gets a chance to be her own knight-in-shining-armor, but it seems the story is taken in one direction she would have gone anyway. The final confrontation between Pushpa and Shekawat also doesn’t have the desired effect, which turns out to be hasty and the latter character feels heavy.
VFX, art direction, editing and sound design are also heavy in some scenes. The team of Pushpa: The Rise did not hide the fact that they had to hurry to release the film on time and it shows through the cracks. Given the already unreasonable run-time, technical glitches only make the flaws more apparent. Where Pushpa: The Rise shines is when it comes to the casting, direction, cinematography, costumes and music for the most part. Sure, Devi Sri Prasad’s BGM can sound heavy at times, but her music makes up for it.
Because it blends well into the story. Cinematographer Miroslav Kuba Brosek and director Sukumar seem to have found the perfect groove for this film to complement each other with their work. The costume of Pushpa’s character appears to change depending on her position in this world. The supporting cast also gets a chance to shine, despite occasionally playing characters that are nothing more than cookie-cutter.
Rashmika also seems lost in a film which has high testosterone content. On the other hand Anasuya gets a scene with Sunil which proves that he is fit in this world. Samantha’s cameo in Oo Antawa Oo Oo Antawa whistles, to no one’s surprise. All said and done, Pushpa: The Rise is a show by All Arjun. He shines in playing this rustic character who is tough on the surface but vulnerable in ways that others don’t see.
Allu Arjun fans may be happy to see him shaking a leg in numbers like Sami Sami and Aai Bidda Idhi Na Adda, but he really shines when he struggles for power, Peter Hein, Ram-Lakshman some amazing Choreograph action scenes or when he is constantly shying away from being called Coolie Oda because he knows he is too good for her as others stereotype him.
He also gets a chance to show off his acting chops, the quote he has worked hard on, apart from when he goes side by side in a film like this in a big way, sometimes he even makes you laugh